Published December 19, 2016 16:58
November 23rd was a special day for Shawn Norlin, one of our special needs members at Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs Lake County. Shawn has autism and has been with the Lake Country Club for six years.
Shawn had the privilege of being chosen by RBC as a recipient of one their MAKING150COUNT grants. In celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday, RBC is giving $150 dollars to youth who want to make a difference in their community.
Shawn chose to use his money to purchase flowers for the elderly residents at Lake Country Lodge and Manor. On top of that, Shawn treated residents to singing and guitar playing, two of his many talents. He was accompanied by four volunteers who carried flowers to hand out to residents of the Lodge.
Led by Shawn, the group toured the halls and passed out the flowers to each and every room. The flowers were pink, yellow, red, and white carnations wrapped with a ribbon. Lake Country Flowers did a wonderful job selecting flowers for the residents.
There were hugs, tears, and overwhelming gratitude from everyone present. When Shawn was told it was one lady’s birthday, he decided to sing “Happy Birthday” to her. Shawn was also introduced to two ladies who were 102 years old. He gave them two flowers each. Staff members were also given flowers as appreciation for their caring.
Shawn was ecstatic to give back to members of the Lake Country Community. We thank RBC for supporting Shawn’s charitable endeavor and for empowering young people across Canada to make a difference.